Get ready for the gardening season (here in Michigan anyways – snow flurries today!) and get yourself a vacuum packaging machine. I recently purchased a VacMaster Pro110 Vacuum Packaging Machine from one of my garden seed catalogs “The Cooks Garden”. By the way The Cooks Garden was (and still is) one of my favorite sources for seeds and plants – I highly recommend them.
I use to have a FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer when we lived in the country and I had a big garden and froze a lot of vegetables. That one I gave away to a family member when we moved back to the city and I thought I would not need it any more, but I was wrong. If you freeze any produce or meat this gadget works great for keeping things fresh. And if you have a big garden or a big family this gadget should be in your kitchen.
This kitchen gadget keeps food fresher, longer in the refrigerator, freezer or pantry. It removes air and extends freshness up to five times longer than normal methods. You can extend food life, maintain food quality and reduce freezer burn. Freezer burn is what I have had trouble with by using conventional methods.
It is made out of a heavy plastic but seals perfectly as you can see in the pictures below. It is lightweight and has a compact design. Just follow the directions which are included with the machine. Quart and pint bags you need to purchase separately, however they do provide instructions for making your own bags.
Before you seal the items you need to freeze them first. Place the contents in the bag, allowing at least 3 inches of head space, place the end of the bag in the machine, lock in place and press “Vac&Seal”. Voila!
Vacuum Packaging Machine Salmon patties
Pork roast Sausage crepes